I took the summer off … then I took September off … now it’s mid-October. But I’m thrilled to report that my FIRST interview back after the hiatus is with Nina Nelson, who also had a very busy summer. She not only celebrated the release of her debut novel, but trained for the Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk. I hope she blogs about her 60-mile trek to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. She shared photos and stories with me about the experience, but I’ll bet everyone would love to read about it. (Super-unsubtle hint!)
For those just tuning in, here’s the history behind these posts:
I love reading about the Publishing Journeys of my favorite writers.
I love the long, soul-searching interviews that reveal every obstacle and triumph: the author whose agent made her do three revisions before signing her … the author who gets up at 4:30 a.m. to write, because it’s the only time she has to herself … the critically acclaimed author who spent nine years trying to get published … I never tire of this stuff!
Long, luxurious interviews aside, don’t you sometimes find yourself wondering: “But do you like Thai or Chinese food better?”
Reader, I asked them.
I assembled a grab-bag full of random questions and emailed them to some of my favorite writers.
To read any of the previous interviews, just click on the tag “authorial intrusion” on the left side of the page.
And now, without further ado, please welcome Nina Nelson!
Nina Nelson - lucky_life - is the author of the middle grade novel Bringing the Boy Home, winner of the 2005 Ursula Nordstrom Fiction Contest. It describes the journey to manhood of two young boys from the same Amazon tribe. Tirio was cast out of the tribe as a small child, because of a disabled foot. A woman named Sara found the abandoned boy, and took him to live with her in America. Now thirteen, Tirio has returned to the Amazon, where he will face the most dangerous test of his life. Luka has lived his whole life in the jungle. But does that mean he will be better prepared to face danger than Tirio?
My son – a fairly reluctant reader – was ten when I put this book in his hands, and he loved it. Although the tribe is fictionalized in the book, descriptions of their customs and beliefs gave him an accessible look at a different culture. Plus it’s just a terrific adventure! I highly recommend this book, not just to boys, but to all middle graders.
Starbucks or Panera?
We don't have any Panera's where I live, so I'd have to say Starbucks.
Top 5 songs most played on your iPod or in your brain radio.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (It's the only way I'm finally going to get to read/listen to HP)
No Reins, by Rascal Flatts
There's Hope, by India.Irie
Afrodisiac, by Brandy
Like it or Leave It, by Aly and A.J.
Summertime, by Algelique Kidjo
Quelqu'un M'a Dit, by Carla Bruni (oops, that's seven, but HP is not a song, s o he doesn't count and I can't understand a word of Algelique Kidjo or Carli Bruni, so I'm going to count those two as one.)
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
A plunger, which is both magical but oh-so-frustrating when it's not flowing.
Thai food or Chinese?
Thai. Especially red curry.
Maroon Mazda GLC--stick shift!
Do you speak a foreign language?
Ever wish you’d studied a different subject in college?
Nah, Recreation/Travel/Tourism has worked for me, but I'd love to go back and take more classes on English literature, philosophy and spirituality.
Volunteer-Candy Striper in a military hospital lab; I had to tell the soldiers to pee in a cup. *blush* Paid - Lifeguard.
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Green, b/c I look good in green and if you're going to be a crayon, you might as well be a fashion conscious crayon.
Early bird or night owl?
This has changed over the years--kids and such. I love to get up early in the morning before anyone else is up, but I seem to be more creative at night, so...hmmmm, that's a tough one.
Rain or sun?
Rats and mice make me shudder--so, rodent-aphobia?
Nope. I'd love to get my nose pierced though.
Bach, Beethoven, Bon Jovi, or Bono?
What’s your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Pippi Longstocking...I love funky striped socks.
Is there anything you want to tell us that you wish I'd asked?
Nope, but you all are awesome for asking me all these fun questions!
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Nina!